Friday, January 22, 2010

Playdate with the Peri's!

I know I have said it before, but it is worth repeating, "I love my Friday's!" Pedar always come home on Thursday night and just sighs and says, "It feels like even I have tomorrow off!" He loves that Erik, Casey and I move slower and have a ton of fun on Friday!!

Today, we went to gymnastics and then we had a playdate with Aunt Bridget, Uncle Chuck, Liam and Lila. I didn't get any pics of Liam and Casey, they were moving too fast, having too much fun..maybe next time.

Lila is six-months-old! I can barely believe it. She is so beautiful and her smile melts your heart...those darn dimples get me everytime. Erik and Lila are only six-months apart. I cannot wait till they are a bit older so they can play together and adore one another!

Liam and Casey had a crazy good time. They ran up and down the hallway and played in the monster tent and laughed and danced. What a great day. I had a great time hanging out with Bridget and Chuck too. They are such a beautiful and sweet couple. I love you guys. I am excited about all the wonderful things that are going to happen for you this year!! All good things are coming to you. Lord knows having two kids, two-years-apart has not been easy.

"It only gets easier" and "Nothing stays the same" are two phrases I chant to myself, while rocking back and forth, alone in the dark...while praying!!  Try it, it helps for a variety of ailments.

You know what else helps? Just moving your damn body and getting out of your head. I need to listen to my own writing and get my sweat on this weekend. I bought a bikini at Target this week.  If you don't buy them when they come out, all the good designs and sizes are taken. I am going to take a picture of myself (no, I am not sharing it with you) and begin working on my fitness. That's my goal! Good luck to me.

Love you all. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Celebrating "Ancestor Day" with Annika

Our beautiful god-daughter Annika Remme, invited us to her "Ancestor Day" celebration at Mission Avenue Elementary School. We were honored to be invited and tried to follow-through on Annika's request for us to come looking "weird!"

We are weird enough! I made funny little printed signs that had our heritage info and we pinned them to our shirts. Annika was happy with our attempt at weirdness/participation. Every child in Annika's second grade class had to create a family tree and interview their grandparents. Annika interviewed her grandmothers, Lorraine and Patty. Her photoboard's were excellent.

Annika's family tree was so special because she drew it all by herself!!! She is a very talented young lady!!

Every child had a "family" table decorated with their ancestor flags and placemat's for each family member! Annika even made a placemat for Erik! She is so darn sweet. We got to take home our placemat's!

Annika and her class performed four songs and they were beautiful. Annika has such a gorgeous voice and she "signed" the songs perfectly. Can you tell how proud I am of her???

We REALLY hope that Casey is accepted at Mission Avenue for Kindergarten next year. Mission is a fabulous school and it would be so fun for him to be with Annika and Gavin!!

We love you Annika! Thank you for the great evening.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

the sun is shining!

It's raining, it's pouring
the old man is snoring
he went to bed
and bumped his head
and couldn't get up in the morning

But wait...the sun is shining!! It is still wet and windy, but we have sunshine at this very moment!! HURRAH!!

Erik's is feeling better. The meds give him diarrhea which is leading to an ugly diaper rash, but I am smothering his adorable butt in desitin and praying it heals quickly.

I got out on Sunday for some girl time over at my lovely friend Jen's house! What a fabulous time we had. We celebrated the lovely Sue's belated birthday and we all enjoyed holding and cooing over Carina's adorable little boy, Bannon. I got to have lunch with Carina and Bannon recently and he is just the best darn baby!!!


Before I went to Jen's on Sunday, Pedar and I packed up the kids and headed to a ski shop in town called, Helm of Sun Valley. Pedar's ski boots are 15-years-old and they recently aided in the bruising of his foot, so we set out to get him a shiny new pair. We walked into Helm and ran into some old friends. We visited for awhile, but no one in the sales staff attempted to speak to us or ask how they could help us. Once our friends left, we REALLY felt the cold shoulder, or dare I say it, discrimination! It took forever to get some service and the lady behind the counter just sneered at us. She wouldn't even make eye contact with me. I saw her take several "icky" long looks at Casey. He was not running wild, he was behaving really well. Erik was a complete angel for most of our entire visit. We thought about leaving several times, but we had made the trek and I wanted to get Pedar some damn boots! So, he finally got some help and bought some boots and they are also going to help fix my boots so my damn big toenail will stop turning black. I was really disappointed in how we were treated. We were in the store for over an hour and the lady NEVER spoke to us or looked at us. We were the only youngish couple in the store with kids. Most folks were around the 60-ish age group.

The complete bummer is that the shop is very close to our house and the clothes and products were really nice. I think we are going to try a ski shop in Land Park next time we have to buy some ski stuff. Our boys are going to grow up skiing and I am only going to get better, we will be buying more stuff.

It felt like that scene from Pretty Women. I wish I could go back in with HUGE bags of stuff from the Land Park ski shop and look at that smug little woman and say, "You work on commission? Big mistake, HUGE! I have to go shopping now! BYE!"

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Third times a charm...

Third times a charm, except with ear infections. Our sweet baby boy cannot seem to get rid of the same damn ear infection that has been in his ear since Thanksgiving.

A week ago we were the winners of a diarrhea virus that was being given away freely at Erik's daycare. Every single kid got the trots or the vomit comet fun. We had a bit of both, starting LAST Friday. Here we are 8 days later, Erik is STILL not acting like his typical sweet self. Last night he went to bed like a champ around 7:30 p.m. That is his regular bed time. We turn out the lights, give him a bottle, give him his lamby, rock him a bit and we play lullaby music all night long. He might wake up once for a bottle, but that only takes 4 minutes to down, and then he sleeps till 8:30 a.m. Erik only weighs 19 pounds, which is a bit on the little side for a one-year-old, so I am going to give him all the bottles he wants. He just isn't a huge eater or drinker of milk, so we may have a little slip of a dude on our hands.

Anyways, I digress. Erik woke up at 1 a.m. screaming. I had a feeling he was in pain, he would fall asleep in our arms in the rocking chair and as soon as we laid him down in the crib, he would wake up, flip over and stand up screaming in the crib. Good times. Want to come over and join in the fun? No?! Why the hell not? You want to get some sleep? Oh...good for you. So..I gave him some tylenol, it did nothing. Three and half hours later of Pedar and I taking turns rocking and sleeping in the chair, I gave him motrin and brought him to bed. We do not let our kids sleep with us. I am a light sleeper, we have hardwood floors, I like to cuddle, I like to do other naughty things too, our house is less than 1200 square feet ( I can hear Pedar fart in the front room when I am in our bedroom!!) and finally I can, I can sense when my kids are awake. So, unwillingly, we brought Erik to bed and he still didn't sleep much, but he stopped screaming and just restlessly laid there....waiting for the motrin to kick in. Kick in it finally did and we all got some sleep. Today his pediatrician told us that yes it is an ear infection. Yes, it looks like it just is having a hard time clearing up. So, we will pray that this round of medication does the trick.

I was thinking of getting a sitter this weekend and going out. Too bad sitters don't like clingy, crying babies and attention starved five-year-old's. We'll get there. Oh, and I didn't win Mega Millions either! I had all the money aready spent, donated, given and invested away in my mind. Life was going to be SO easy and so much fun and so stylish. Alas, I must focus on more real ways to make my reality sweeter.

So....there you have it...exciting times happening at Casa Oxbow. Hope you all are healthy and happy and prosperous!! I will make it happen damnit and post something super fun soon.

Friday, January 15, 2010


Please help HAITI. Donate to the Red Cross,

I keep thinking about the song "The Prayer." I wish that huge cruise ships would come and take these hurting people away until they can return safely. God bless Haiti. Please let all the angels hold the people of Haiti and all those who are helping.

"The Prayer"

I pray You’ll be our eyes
and watch us where we go
and help us to be wise
in times when we don’t know

Let this be our prayer
when we lose our way

Lead us to a place,
Guide us with Your grace
To a place where we’ll be safe.

The light that You give us
I pray we’ll find Your light
will stay in our hearts
And hold it in our hearts
reminding us that
When stars go out each night
You are the everlasting star

In my prayer
Let this be our prayer
there’s so much faith
When shadows fill our day

Lead us to a place
Guide us with Your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe

We dream of a world without more violence
A world of justice and of hope
Everyone give your hand to your neighbor
Symbol of peace and brotherhood

The strength You give us
We ask that life be kind
is the wish that
And watch us from above
everyone may find love
We hope each soul will find
around and within himself
Another soul to love

Let this be our prayer
Let this be our prayer
Just like every child
Just like every child
Needs to find a place

Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010

Tickle fight!

Today is yet another icky, grey day. If you're like me, this greyness might be getting to you. I am trying to find ways to distract myself. Here is a distraction, watch this movie of Casey tickling Pedar. I can't tell who had a better time.

And here is my smiling gugga!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Happy Birthday Melanie Stillson Edwards!

 Happy Birthday Melanie!

Melanie Stillson Edwards is my neighbor and wonderful friend. She is smart, strong, sensitive and soo beautiful. I am so lucky that she and her wonderful husband, Jim and adorable son Jacob moved into the house next door.

I can't say enough about Melanie without tearing up. She is the kind of woman that would put her life on hold, to help you with yours. She is all love. She has helped me so much in so many little ways.  Melanie is an amazing athlete, she inspires me with her commitment and perseverance. She is also one of the most patient Mama's I know. She inspires me to have more "time ins" with Casey and less "time outs."  She and her sweet Jim have a beautiful love story as well and it so wonderful to see a couple love and support one another. Casey and Erik are so lucky to have such amazing neighbors to love them and watch over them as they grow into men. We will unconditionally love Jacob as well!

You know how you feel like you are losing touch with your friends and you wish you had more time to connect? I feel that way about soo many people in my life, but not with Melanie. I get to see her when I am taking the garbage out or walking Curly. Our boys are constantly calling out to one another and wanting to play. I am just so lucky that my neighbor is my friend. I hope to never take you for granted, and if I do, just toilet paper my house, OK?

I love you Melanie. Happy Birthday! This year is going to Rrrroooock!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Aunt Norma

Pedar's Great Aunt Norma died this past Saturday. 
She was a very kind, generous and fun loving woman. 
She recently bought Erik a Jonah and the Whale book 
at a church craft fair. She told me at the Remme Christmas 
party, "I saw this book and I just had to get it! 
I was thinking of what child I could give it to, 
and I thought of Erik!" We will miss her beauty
and sweetness and gentle laugh. We love you 
Aunt Norma. We will miss you. 
We're going to ask Aunt Myrtle and Grandma to show 
you around heaven till you get the lay of the land.

"Speak no evil, See no evil, Hear no Evil!"
Right to Left: Aunt Norma Remme, Grandma Dagny Hoffer 
and Aunt Lorraine Remme

Aunt Norma and Grandma Dagny, Thanksgiving 2008

 Thanksgiving 2008

Remme Christmas Party, 2008 (Norma is in blue sweater in back row)

Norma E Remme was born Feb. 29, 1924 in Pender, Nebraska. 
She passed away in Sacramento on January 2, 2010 at the age of 85. 
She was the loving mother to Deanna Erwin (Ron) and Janet Lake (Bob). 

Preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Orville; 
son James; siblings, Alice, Alfred, Adeline, Harold and 
Buddy, She is survived by sisters, Wilma Vanderwerf (Milo) 
and Mavis Powers. Beloved grandmother of Christian &; 
Alicia Gaut and David & Dawn Erwin. Great Grandmother 
of Devin, Carlee and Isaac. Friends are welcome to attend a 
Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 9, 
at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 8701 Elk Grove Florin Road, Elk Grove.

Link to Norma's Sac Bee Obituary/Guestbook 

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

1..2..3..4..get your woman on the floor..Gotta gotta get up, get down!

It is only day two of this week and I am still having a hard time getting myself into gear to get moving, get going and get out the door already!! We managed this morning to get the kids dressed, packed and dropped off without too much difficulty.  We just need to get back into our routine.

Maintenance: Life, relationships, house, work, car, know all of it. We need to give something everyday so we can maintain what we've got. When we don't maintain, thinks start to fail, break down and get heavy.

I just need to do a little bit everyday and then I won't feel so overwhelmed. I just need to move my body as fast as I can make it move and then I can make some progress on some stuff, like: I need to get Casey's applications/paperwork in for elementary school. I need to get our tax paperwork together. I need to  exercise. I need to dust/mop/sweep/scrub the house. I need to rake up rotting leaves and prune roses and some now dead bushes from the frost. I need to plan healthier meals for the week. I need to reach out to friends and family that I haven't made enough time for. I need to get to bed earlier. I need to dance and laugh more.

Ahh...but let me show you a picture from last year on this very date. This is what my life centered around last year. Life was much simpler. 

Last year at this time I would I pick up Casey everyday at noon from school and we played until Daddy got home around 6ish. Life was simpler. Erik and I would go grocery shopping, run some errands or clean up around the house and then we would get Casey. I didn't have work projects looming or deadlines to meet. I miss having that kind of focus. Some days I just feel so pulled and scattered. We manage though. We manage to make it happen everyday. Life is good. Life is sweet. I love my boys and I love my man. I love my stinky dog Curly too.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy Birthday Pop Pop!!

Pop Pop's Birthday was December 31st!! He is a lucky New Years Eve birthday boy!! Pop Pop and Mor Mor got back from Portland and then headed right back out on the  road to go to Tahoe to spend New Years with friends, so we still need to celebrate him!!!


We love you Pop-Pop!! We hope you had a great birthday!! We look forward to giving you hugs and making you smile soon.

Happy New Years!! 2010 is going to be GREAT!

Happy New Years! I have a feeling that 2010 is going to be OUTSTANDING!

We had a fantastic New Years Eve! Casey stayed the night with Nana and Papa Ken. The rest of the Bruce clan took part in a neighborhood progressive dinner. It started at Mel and Jim's with delicious appetizers, then to Lou and Lori's for amazing street taco's and ended at Mike and Leslie's for decadent cupcakes. We played wii games, including dance dance revolution! It was so much fun!! We may have to get a wii soon, I've got to get better at that dance game!! We live in the best damn neighborhood with the best people!! We are so lucky.

Erik partied with us till almost 11 p.m. He was so happy. He had a late afternoon nap and was not sleepy at all. He finally fell asleep in Mike and Leslie's room. He is such a little crumb cake.

Nana brought Casey back to us this morning and we were able to go for a nice walk before the rain started!

Yeah for 2010!! It is going to be the best year!!!!